The mass suicide of Republican leadership: Will the Tea Party leave the sinking ship?

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Left to right: Eric Cantor House Majority Leader, John Boehner the 61st Speaker of the House, Kevin McCarthy the Republican Majority Whip - By Donkey Hotey, Flickr.com
Left to right: Eric Cantor House Majority Leader, John Boehner the 61st Speaker of the House, Kevin McCarthy the Republican Majority Whip - By Donkey Hotey, Flickr.com

WASHINGTON, April 27, 2014 – The Republican Leadership of the House of Representatives is on suicide watch. They are bound and determined to commit political hara-kiri, despite the warnings of their base and conservative activists.

America has never seen a political party commit suicide before, but there is always a first time.

Republican leaders are making their suicide march by abandoning their base totally. Representative Cathy McMorris Rodgers, the chair of the Republican Conference, announced that Obamacare was here to stay. Her words confirmed what we already knew: The GOP is not fighting against Obamacare.


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House Speaker John Boehner was even more direct; he says it is too late to repeal Obamacare.

Boehner was Obama’s silent partner. This is what conservatives warned about. When Ted Cruz and Mike Lee led the fight last year to defund Obamacare, true conservatives supported them, knowing that if it was not defunded then, it never would be.

At the time, Boehner said it was not the right time for the fight. For him, it is never the right time for a fight until it is too late to fight.

Boehner and the House Republican Leadership have stabbed the Tea Party and their base in the back. Now, instead of doing what the base wants — fighting to end Obamacare — Boehner wants to commit political suicide. His top priority now is amnesty for illegal immigrants. The Tea Party is in open revolt over this and may well leave the Republican Party if Boehner tries to push amnesty through.

In 2006 and 2008, the Republican Party was slaughtered; the GOP was on the endangered species list. One more bad election and the GOP would have taken its place as a minor party, with only slightly more members than the Flat Earth Society.

Then came the Tea Party. The Tea Party saved the GOP.

The Tea Party only asked for a few things in return: It asked for smaller government; it asked the Republicans to stand up against wasteful government spending; it asked the Republicans to at least defund Obamacare, if not force its repeal.

Once the Republicans took over in 2011, all the Tea Party got was John Boehner’s freshly laundered white flag of surrender. He surrendered on the debt ceiling, he surrendered on spending and he surrendered on Obamacare

Every time conservatives wanted to fight Obamacare, the GOP leadership told conservatives it was not the right time, and Majority Leader Eric Cantor helpfully offered yet another totally meaningless vote that he knew was not going anywhere.

Conservative Republicans only have one choice here. Either they revolt and depose the entire leadership team of Boehner, Cantor, Whip Kevin McCarthy and McMorris-Rodgers, or they see the end of the Republican Party.


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Chris Cillizza, writing in his blog “The Fix” on the Washington Post website, posed the question on Firday, will the Tea Party walk away from the GOP in 2016?

Forget 2016. If the GOP follows Boehner’s lead right onto the crazy train, the Tea Party will leave in 2014. If the Republican Party isn’t going to cut taxes, cut spending and stop amnesty, what good is it?

 

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Judson Phillips is the founder of Tea Party Nation, one of the largest Tea Party Groups in the country and the number one national tea party site on the Internet. A lawyer by profession, Judson has been involved in politics since his teens. “Ronald Reagan inspired me,” he says. Judson became involved in the Tea Party movement in February 2009 after hearing Rick Santelli’s rant on CNBC. “I heard there was going to be a Tea Party in Chicago inspired by Santelli, but didn’t know if anyone was doing a rally in Nashville where I was based. Finally I emailed Michelle Malkin and asked her if there was a Tea Party in Nashville. Malkin sent an email back saying, ‘No, why don’t you organize one?’ I did.” The first Tea Party in Nashville was held late February 2009 which drew a crowd of about 600. Judson then organized the Tax Day Tea Party in Nashville, which drew over 10,000 people into downtown. It was at this time that Tea Party Nation was formed. Later that year, Judson decided to bring activists from across the country together, so he organized the first National Tea Party Convention in February 2010, which featured Alaska’s former Governor and Republican Vice Presidential Nominee, Sarah Palin as it’s keynote speaker. He currently manages the Tea Party Nation website, writes several daily columns and is working on more projects than any one person should. He is a frequent guest on cable and broadcast news shows, including on Fox, MSNBC, CNN and others.
  • cassie1655

    Exactly!!! i know that right now, the way i have seen so many Republican turncoats stab every Conservative in our backs, that there is no longer any incentive for me to even bother to show up at the polls. The GOP is dead in the water at this point. They can say whatever they want to but they have broken their promises and lied to us too many times. It’s all about their political careers. Well, i’m done…

    • 7bill_lee7

      Done to do what? Ready to get the chip under your skin then? Cry baby! Fight for your freedom or loose it!

  • jimpower

    Can you imagine if the Dems had tried to repeal the Bush tax cuts over 40 times, lost every round decisively, and their base said “You’ve surrendered on the Bush tax cuts!!”?

    Not only was Obamacare the signature legislation of a president who won back-to-back landslide elections against they widely despised GOP, but it was legislation passed by congress and upheld by a rightwing activist Supreme Court.

    When your team loses the Superbowl, do you berate them endlessly throughout the spring & summer for not CONTINUING to WIN?! Or do you face reality…… oops, I think I’ve come across rightwing wolfbane, “Reality”

    • 7bill_lee7

      B.S. full of it.

  • Chris

    Is Breitbart being censored by facebook. I can’t comment on the posts. They all say share only.

  • bitters

    We should have got the message when the GOP controlled all three branches under Bush..What did they do when they could have actually fixed so much?..Not a damn thing..The GOP is dead to me..I don’t know them and I won’t support them..Boeher and Cantor are two faced SOB’s..and Obama has screwed them over time and time again..yet they go back for more..They either like it or they’re stupid..I think they’re both..

    • margo1942

      it is part of their new world order.

  • Rob

    Pass the popcorn. The simple fact is that the majority of Americans do not identify with the Tea Party. Sorry guys, but you’re never gonna get a “True Conservative” in the White House because the majority of the country thinks (rightly) that you guys are a bunch of kooks and the longer Tea Party Republicans are waging war on “Establishment” Republicans, the sooner the day will come when you will loose control of Congress too. Reality is that if the Republicans just keep stalling on immigration reform, Hispanics will continue to vote Democrat in numbers like the last election. And as the country becomes more diverse and more millennials keep turning 18, the Republican Party is going to be dead in the water. Read the advice in the Republican Study Committee report after the election. Stop getting mad at John Boehner for telling you that your party is headed over a cliff.

    • margo1942

      you are full of it. not one of these parties represent american people. obama didn’t win it was alot of fraud. once the illegals get what they want , which is a takeover of usa. they want need any of us. open your eyes and look at the big picture. it is not a very pretty painting. all the politicians don’t give a damn , they have stole enough and they can go anywhere in the world . the pollies sold thier souls for the almighty dollar.

    • JustWorld B

      So, so true Rob. Right on.

    • RGZ_50

      Apparently you haven’t been paying attention to the news lately, Rob. The Democrats (rank and file) see Obama’s policies as an Albatross. Yet, you think the Republicans should imitate their suicidal ways. The Tea Party in the form of its message, apart from it as a club anyone wants to join, has got enormous momentum at this point. The Tea Party wants lower taxes, so do voters. The Tea Party considers Obamacare a disaster, so do voters. The Tea Party condems Open Borders, so do voters. The Tea Party opposes government domestic surveillance on citizens, so do voters. The Tea Party supports eVerify and jobs for Americans, not illegals – so do voters. Wake up, it’s not 2006 anymore.

  • acmaurer

    The really funny thing is that in 2010 Ryun, McCarthy and Cantor wrote a book calling themselves “the new generation of conservatives.” Seriously.

  • Tim Kern

    We have a problem. The issues are not defined by “left and right,” “Democrat and Republican,” or even “liberal and conservative.”

    They are between freedom and prosperity on the one side, and big-government tyranny on the other. Only a small government will or even can allow freedom. It’s simple math.

  • 7bill_lee7

    The GOP leadership knows there’s not enough time for the Tea Party to force a three party system before our country has been flushed down the toilet for good. The only chance is if enough conservatives put their money where their mouth is and stump very effectively for every conservative candidate and replace the top roster of RINOs and gain the senate replacing the hated Harry. And this all happens in November. Make no mistake, Boehner and his gang look pretty for the cams knowing their time is up either by Dems who will finish their handing over of our country when the fat lady sings or when Tea Partiers finally get their leader and gumption up. They have chosen not to get cement shoes for the time being from O’s thugs…and they live high on the hog.

  • …And these frauds actually think their party theatrics will save them. They will never figure out that they are absolutely slurry without the Arbiter, but what do I care?

  • SUZ

    THIS IS ONE OF THE BEST ARTICLES…AND IF THE TRUE “CONSERVATIVES” WILL JUST STAND UP TO THE LOUSY LEADERSHIP IF YOU CAN CALL THEM LEADERS, WE MIGHT BE ABLE TO GET SOMETHING ACCOMPLISED. THE RNC AND WASHINGTON INSIDERS+SOME OTHERS ARE CONTROLLING EVERYTHING AND TAKING THE MEDIA EYES OFF OF THE REAL PROBLEMS…HENCE MOST AMERICANS ARE TOTALLY UNINFORMED ON THE REAL ISSUES. THIS HAS TO CHANGE OR WE MAY AS WELL GIVE UP…WE NEED STRONGER SUPPORT FOR THE TEA PARTY LEADERS AND WE MUST FINANCIALLY SUPPORT THE TRUE QUALITY CANDIDATES RUNNING FOR OFFICE.

  • Morry

    JUDSON, we need a NATIONAL, CO-ORDINATED EFFORT TO DEFEAT BOEHNER. BUMPER STICKERS SAYING “BOEHNER LIED, BECAUSE HE’S A LIAR” ALL OVER HIS DISTRICT. ALL TEA PARTY GROUPS NEED TO CO-ORDINATE, AND URGE THEIR MEMBERS TO CONTRIBUTE TO AND WORK FOR HIS OPPONENT IN THE ELECTION EVEN IF IT’S A DEMOCRAT. DEFEAT HIM, OR EVEN IF WE JUST CUT HIS WIN TO RAZOR THIN, IT WILL SEND A MESSAGE TO ALL REPUBS THAT THE TEA PARTY IS GOING TO HANG ‘EM FROM THE RAFTERS AT THE POLLS IF THEY DON’T GET WITH IT.

  • RalphPierre

    The only way to right this sinking ship is to take the recent events in Nevada and to bring them to D.C.

  • JustWorld B

    So, has it ever occurred to Tea Party that they should establish their own political party and leave the GOP alone? It is dishonest to hijack established party and turn into something that it is not. Didn’t Tea Party say that they include both Republicans and Democrats? What happened to that?

    • RGZ_50

      Sorry, you have it backwards. The Establishment Republicans have hijacked the party that they always pimp out as the “party of smaller government”. Then when a movement arises within it to actually hold the party to that empty promise, the counterfeits get anxious, fearful and revengeful.

      I’d support your premise if the national party, Boehner, Bush, Romney, Priebus, McCain, McCarthy agreed to stop the false advertising and just admit to the GOP base that the party is nothing more than “Progressive Lite”. Unless they do that, the insurgency continues.

  • Alan Brown

    The GOP does not represent true conservatives anymore. The last time conservatives and the GOP were in sync was when the great Ronald Reagan was at the helm. Ever since then and as time passes, the GOP has become the former liberal Democratic party and the Democratic party now is a bunch of hard core Marxist left. The GOP represents the Chamber of Commerce, not we the people. Actually, of late, the GOP has been hostile towards the Tea Party and conservatives. It is time to abandon them and go independent; we will carry most of the voters and let them hang out to dry. In the meantime, the new party once formed should work with the State legislators of all States and invoke Article 5 of the constitution to combat the radical commie left. I voted straight ticket for the Repubs in the 2014 mid terms, but going forward in 2016, we need to separate and leave Karl Rove and his bunch of RINOs. We may loose an election or two, but eventually, I believe the GOP will loose support and the Tea Party will gain traction. There should be no compromising. The RINOS compromise and they lose repeatedly. When conservatives stick to their guns, we win!! As we did with Reagan. We also have Article 5 to counter the radical Executive, Congress, and SCOTUS branches. VICTORY TO THE TEA PARTY!!!! RISE UP AND DEFEAT THE COMMIES AND RINOS!!!

  • John L. Lee

    Simple math for simple minds.